01 Dec 2016

Clear Mindset Inspiring case study grooa
Disagreements and conflicts are not necessarily problems that we need to remove; they are also opportunities to learn from each other. The C.L.E.A.R. ™ Mindset Method is a revolutionary approach that helps us build the skills necessary to do just that: transform conflicts into positive change. Here we share an example of its application. Those of you who have followed my newsletter hav...

16 Dec 2015

As managers and leaders we can do very little to motivate others. Unfortunately, we can very easily demotivate (e.g. by unfair and abusive behaviors). But we can do a lot to create something more important: Engagement and Satisfaction, which have a more sustainable effect on positivity and productivity. The true responsibility of a leader is to engage others around a common compellin...

07 Sep 2015

During my 40 years in management, I steadily held a belief: that when you follow your passion, work will be your hobby and everything will go well; business challenges and personal frustrations can be swiftly overcome; it is easy to consistently make the sound choices that add value to the business; and you achieve happiness and satisfaction. Now, as a consultant, I realize that individu...

07 Sep 2015

Group of 3 co-workers in a conversation
No matter how many conflict management courses you have taken or how many negotiation books you have read, you may still find yourself in situations where tools and tactics are not as effective as they promised to be. The real issue is in the mindset: do we see disagreements and conflicts as time-wasting issues or as opportunities to learn from different perspectives? And what affects...

20 Mar 2015

We see evidence of it every day, research supports it, and deep inside we know it to be true: happy people are more productive and tend to be more successful than sad people. But wait a minute: don't we usually say that we need to work hard to pursue success, and only then shall we be happier? Well, it seems like we got it backwards. Does success bring happiness, as many say, or is...

31 Jan 2015

A recent Deloitte Survey indicates that many CEOs and CXOs claim interest in developing talents and leadership, while at the same time expressing lack of confidence in future leaders. One key reason is: they do not see sufficient motivation and ambition; young talents do not appear “committed”. Let's rephrase this in a provocative way: is it possible that motivation and ambition have tak...

16 Oct 2014

I never thought of myself as a workaholic, although many called me just that. After all, the job has always been my passion and I have always felt the responsibility. It took a six-week break (I had accumulated almost a full year of unused vacation days), and climbing Himalaya through Nepal, reaching Base Camp and back, to offer me with some unexpected gifts. It was not only the physi...

22 Sep 2014

If you are able to use humor in the workplace and like to use it to diffuse tension, shake things up or create an open and safe space for brainstorming, you may also be aware that you have a double-edged skill in your hands. Humor can be both a unifier and a divider. Three elements need to be present to ensure that your inclination for using humor is sorting positive effects. Humor co...

14 May 2014

Let's face it, we live in a diverse society and it is almost impossible to build a non-diverse workforce. Yet we know that prejudice negatively affects how we use and treat our diverse resources, so we have actions in place to fight discrimination and measures to monitor progress. Then how do we end up with statistics like “in the US 60% of corporate CEOs are over six foot tall, whereas ...

18 Feb 2014

Marc is a young and ambitious general manager; recently appointed to his position, he is for the first time presenting his business plan to the global category board; he has prepared extensively; he is ready to answer all possible questions and to defend every bit of his proposition. To his great dismay the meeting does not go well and his plan is rejected. On the way back, he reasons wi...